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Who Says Learning About Nutrition and Exercise Can’t Be Fun?

You are as important to your health as it is to you.
—Terri Guillemets

We have mentioned it many times before, but it bears repeating: Colchester School District is committed to wellness.

On May 23, we announced that musician and registered dietician Jill Jayne would visit Porters Point School, Union Memorial School, Malletts Bay School, and Colchester Middle School to present her interactive, multimedia touring program called “Jump With Jill.”

What is especially intriguing about the program is its adaptability to its target audience. Ms. Jayne presented essentially the same wellness-related information to students in the four schools, but her presentation was tailored in order to ensure that it was as engaging for middle school students as it was for K–2 students. And she even managed to sprinkle in some amusement for those in the room who also clearly remember the twentieth century with references to “channeling your inner-’80s metal band” and poking fun at Academy Award acceptance speeches.

There is a common notion that learning about nutrition and exercise is uninteresting at best. Have a look at this video clip from Jill’s May 25 visit to Union Memorial School to gauge the accuracy of that notion for yourself.

As we mentioned in our earlier post about the program, “Jump With Jill” has been performed all over the United States and Europe, and it has received acclaim from Nickelodeon, PBS Kids Sprout, National Public Radio, and the Washington Post. She also recently performed for the Detroit Lions as part of the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

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